The Aesir Kids by James Goldin & Charlotte Goldin

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Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Co-authored with his daughter, James and Charlotte Goldin have create a fantasy-adventure about the children of the Norse gods.  These children are obviously not your normal every day kid, they have incredible strengths, wield magical weapons and even have monsters as pets!  The Goldin’s take us to a land where ancient Gods rule but seem like ‘slightly’ normal adults and kids you know problems with school, bullies, family issues and attacks by giants, normal things.  That is until their land is threatened and it’s up to the children of Thor, Sif, Loki, Freya, Balder to save it!  This was a really fun read.  The book was written for readers 8-12 years old, but I’m 25 and thoroughly enjoyed the adventure!  Along with his 10 year old daughter, James writes a great tale that you won’t soon forget, I look forward to reading more from this author duo!

Action Figures, Issue One: Secret Origins by Michael Bailey

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Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

What a great action packed book!  Not only for young adults, but for any age if you ask me!  This was a nice fresh read from all the seriousness that comes with some of the books I have been reading.  The main character is great, I wish I could meet her in real life some day.  Carrie Hauser’s life has just gone from good, to great, to bad then to good again.  Her life was perfect, she was popular and everyone loved her.  Then, her parents get a divorce and her mom uproots her to a new town where Carrie discovers something about herself that is unexplainable….she discovers she has super powers!  Living in a new town, she befriends other ‘super humans’ and they will all work together to help save the town from rogue artificial intelligence as well as trying to keep themselves safe from the people who are creating these creatures!

I seriously loved this book!  You all need to read it, it is a fast pace fun read that kicks that imagination back into mode!  Thank you to the author, Michael Bailey for sharing his book with me!  I cannot wait to read more of these!

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Kurt, Gert, Jazmine, and Bagel By Irene Dolnick

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Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

I love dog books, especially children’s dog books!  This was a fun adventure between four Beagles.  Not only was this story fun, but educational as well.  These dogs remind us to include all of our friends so they do not feel left out.  This book also incudes something unique that you don’t usually see in a children’s book, but it contained phonics to help young readers out to actually see the pronunciation and help them read and understand words better!  The author is going to be sending me a hard copy of her book so I may share it with my story time group at the library.  I can’t wait to share this with them!  “Kurt, Gert, Jazmine, and Bagel” was inspired by Irene’s own four beagles who taught her that dogs are just as adventurous as people!  The pictures in the book were really fun and fit the story well.  I have two boxer dogs and Irene has inspired me to jump into their heads and maybe write a story of my own!

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Calves in the Mud Room By Jerome Brown

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Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

This was a great story about the hardships of growing up in a tattered family.  Wade, the main character had learned everything from his grandfather, the only person who really actually cared about him.   After his grandfather is gone,  Wade is left to do everything on the farm himself with no help from his mothers husband.  A tale that is true for some families these days when the children take responsibility for things that the adults should be doing.  I think everything that goes on in this book makes Wade stronger in the end and somewhat hopeful for the future.  A very nice read that you can get done in one sitting.  I enjoyed it!

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A visit from author Kate Clabough

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I get excited about a lot of things, but what I really enjoyishaving authors visit my (small) local library!  By (small) I mean to say that we don’t get very many authors to come speak in our neck of the woods, so when one does, guess who is there to get the scoop,  A Simple Taste for Reading!  Not only did I get the ‘scoop’ on author Kate Clabough, I was also invited to dinner with her and another friend of mine who runs the wonderful site Nebraska Rural Living, Betty Sayers.  I feel as though I might have talked their ears off, but books and their author’s get me just a bit excited!

Kate had grown up in this area and is considered a ‘local author’, which is why she was chosen to come speak to us. She is a Holdrege, NE native but lived in the town of Alma, NE for 13 years.  During a few of  those years, she was a ‘jack of all trades’ working at a floral shop, cleaning a motel and working at the newspaper, just to name a few!  Kate is the type of person who is willing to work at anything that is asked of her.  Then at last she became a librarian in the town Alma, where she worked for 4 1/2 years (the exact same amount of time I worked at my library!).

Later in life, she had gotten a divorce and moved to Tennessee at the age of 33.  When she hit the Tennessee border, she decided she was going to be an author!  Kate has been a writer all through out her life, but this change was going to be the one where she was going to be someone different.

Once Kate settled in to her new life, she started writing for the Farragut newspaper.  She wrote for  a special section called “The West Side Story”.  Kate not only likes to write, but she is also passionate about genealogy and is, as you can say, a ‘professional researcher’!  “The West Side Story” staged articles about a wide variety of people and places, as well as their history.  Writing for this column, Kate told us about some of the interesting people she would meet while researching for her articles.  Some adventures Kate was lead on were a little too outrageous to mention! Many of the ‘folks’ she would interview referred to Kate as a ‘foreigner’ and a ‘not from round’ these parts’, which didn’t phase her one bit.   Kate’s grandmother Alice, was the soul person who inspired her interest in history.

After her run with the newspaper, Kate and her husband both started working for a regional magazine.  Kate was writing about 20 stories or more for them A MONTH and of course her points of interest were the history of things.  As this job became a past tense, she started to do a little freelance writing for magazines and focused more on her books and being an author!

Kate mostly writes non-fiction, but her newest writings are works of fiction.  Her first published book is titled, “Partly Cloudy with a Chance of Murder”.   This is books is part of Kate’s series, the Rhea Tennyson Mysteries.  Kate refers to her books as “rainy afternoon mysteries” that you can enjoy in mostly one sitting!  In her first book, she takes us to a town called Blaisdell, Nebraska where library director, Rhea Tennyson’s neighbor turns up DEAD.  Not knowing if it is the work of a serial killer or someone personal, Rhea becomes part of the investigation when mysterious strangers start showing up in the town.  Keep an eye out for the offical review in the next day or two from, A SIMPLE TASTE FOR READING!  The next two books that Kate is about ready to release, although I haven’t been told a date yet, are titled “The Fine Art of Murder” and “Cooking with Strychnine”.  Kate was actually doing a little research while she was here for the second book!

If you are interested in purchasing Kate’s first book, you can do so by clicking on this link “Partly Cloudy with a Chance of Murder“!  I very much enjoyed getting to know Kate and she was so inspirational to me with her words of wisdom on being an author and becoming one as well!  I look forward to staying in touch with her and learning from her as she is a great teacher and writer!  Kate no resides by the Great Smoky Mountain’s but still finds serenity on the Great Plains of Nebraska, I hope she will be back to visit soon!

Wolves, Boys and Other Things That Might Kill Me By Kristen Chandler

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Life is to short to say ‘Sorry’.

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Wolves, Boys, and Other Things That Might Kill Me is not, as some have speculated, another werewolf book. What it is, however, is a fascinating and unique take on small town life with all of its loyalties and quirks, and how this community in particular reacts and divides when faced with the re-introduction of wolves in Yellowstone Park. KJ is a laid-back and sarcastic narrator, and her humor keeps the book entertaining even while the book drags slightly, and in darker situations as KJ is faced with malice from upset and belligerent citizens and must decide whether to stand up for what she believes in or back down as many would like her to.

KJ lives in a small town near Yellowstone Park where ranching, hunting, and fishing are the town’s livelihoods. But when the re-introduction of wolves into the park and surrounding areas threaten those practices, her life is surprisingly turned upside down, especially so when Virgil and his mother, a scientist who has run many studies on wolves, move into town. Rather unexpectedly, KJ finds herself becoming friends with Virgil and becoming an advocate for the wolves through her column in the school newspaper, Wolf Notes. But soon the heat and frustration of the townspeople finds her and KJ learns that there is always another side to anything, and that some things are worth fighting for, despite what anyone else may think!

Unspeakable by Kevin O’Brien

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A family of four murdered in their hotel room. A single mother and her boyfriend both stabbed to death. A sordid history of violent crimes, repeated over and over–but decades apart. . .

 

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Child actor Collin’s mother is murdered in what appears to be a drug-related crime, so he moves in with his grandparents. As a joke with his new friends, Collin is hypnotized. The person he becomes seems extremely violent and unstable. The friends laugh it off, but Collin is scared. A therapist opens an office in Seattle after fleeing her previous position when a client kills a colleague and himself in her office. Everything seems to be going well until she receives a phone call from Collin asking her to hypnotize him.  The story that evolves from here is amazing.  I was entertained though out the whole book and where I thought the story was going turned out to be completely wrong and I was so surprised to find out the truth behind it all!!  I highly recommend this book for thrill seekers!  Now I’m really going to have to read all of Kevin’s books! Heart-pounding suspense, unique twists and turns, awesome!